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Espressif ESP32-C6 Wi-Fi 6+ and ESP32-H2 modules enter mass production

Introduction

Espressif Systems, a trailblazer in the affordable comms module domain, has recently made a series of impactful announcements. From ground-breaking Systems on a Chip (SoCs) to development kits and new protocol support, there's a lot to unpack. Let's dive in.

ESP32-H2

ESP32-H2 is an exciting new System on a Chip (SoC) that offers both 802.15.4 (Zigbee and Thread) and BLE 5 capabilities. What's significant about this?


Why 802.15.4 Matters

802.15.4 is a standard that underpins several low-rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPANs). It's the backbone for Zigbee and Thread protocols, widely used in smart home and industrial applications. Adding this to the ESP32 range opens new doors for mesh networking and low-power applications.


BLE 5: The Game Changer

The inclusion of BLE 5 (Bluetooth Low Energy) makes it versatile for various wireless applications. BLE 5 offers longer range and higher data throughput, making ESP32-H2 a robust choice for IoT deployments.


Tech Specs:

  • 802.15.4 (Zigbee and Thread)

  • BLE 5

  • Multi-Protocol Support

Image depicting the module and protocols of the New ESP32-H2 from Espressif

ESP32-C6: Breaking Boundaries with Wi-Fi 6+

What is Wi-Fi 6+

Wi-Fi 6+ is an enhanced iteration of the already formidable Wi-Fi 6 standard, designed to push wireless connectivity to its limits. It offers faster data rates, improved network efficiency, and lower latency. But what truly sets it apart is its ability to handle an increased number of connected devices without compromising performance. This makes it a perfect fit for environments that demand high-throughput capabilities and ultra-reliable connections, from smart homes and offices to industrial IoT setups.


Introducing ESP32-C6

Meet ESP32-C6, the SoC bringing Wi-Fi 6+ into the low-cost embedded systems market. It promises high-throughput capabilities, lower latency, and new possibilities for network optimization.


Tech Specs:

  • Wi-Fi 6+

  • Higher Data Rates

  • Lower Latency

Transition to Mass Production Stage

Both ESP32-H2 and ESP32-C6 have now entered the Mass Production (MP) stage. This is crucial as it signals market readiness and availability for large-scale applications.

New Dev Boards

The ESP32-S3-BOX-3 is now available, serving as the upgraded successor to the ESP32-S3-BOX. This fully open-source AIoT development kit is based on the powerful ESP32-S3 AI SoC, packed with a rich set of assemblies, empowering developers to easily customize and expand its functionality with Espressif's trusted software solutions such as ESP-SR, ESP RainMaker and Matter.


Additionally, for those keen on Human-Machine Interface (HMI) applications, Espressif has rolled out the ESP32-S3-LCD and ESP32-C3-LCD evaluation boards. These are purpose-built for prototyping HMI applications, adding yet another dimension to Espressif's versatile offerings.


Matter Protocol: The Future of Interoperability

What's the Big Deal?

Espressif's Matter protocol support in their new SoCs ensures you're future-proofing your projects. Matter aims to set a unified, open standard for IoT and smart home devices, enhancing compatibility and interoperability.


Tech Specs:

Image illustrating the structure and application of the matter protocol

Matter Fabric

Espressif has recently rolled out Matter fabric support in their ESP RainMaker cloud platform. This paves the way for customers to build a bespoke Matter ecosystem and controllers. The key advantage? You can introduce unique features tailored to your user base while ensuring compatibility with other Matter-enabled devices. Furthermore, with platforms like ESP RainMaker and ESP Insight, customers have the flexibility to deploy within their own AWS accounts, essentially creating a private IoT cloud tailored to their needs.


Introducing ESP-MESH-Lite

ESP-MESH-LITE is an IoT-Bridge Wi-Fi networking application that offers a set of Mesh solutions:

  • Operating Mode: Built on SoftAP + Station mode.

  • Coverage: Enables numerous devices, or nodes, to interconnect over a large physical area, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Network Type: All nodes exist under a single WLAN (Wireless Local-Area Network).

Key Differences from ESP-MESH (ESP-WIFI-MESH):

  • Independent Access: Sub-devices can independently access external networks.

  • Transmission Sensitivity: Information transmission is insensitive to the parent node, simplifying application layer development.

Self-Sufficiency:

  • ESP-MESH-LITE is self-organizing and self-healing, allowing for autonomous network building and maintenance.

The No-Code Platform: Streamlining Rapid Prototyping

The easiest path to Matter-Certified product development

Espressif launched their ESP ZeroCode Console which allows customers to configure and generate Matter firmware for supported device types (lighting fixtures, switches, blind controllers, etc.). Espressif will continue to add more device types to this library. Customers can build both, Wi-Fi based and Thread based Matter devices using ESP ZeroCode Console, providing the easiest way to create Matter-certified products with near-zero engineering investment.

Espressif ZeroCode

Summary

Espressif's latest announcements are not merely product launches; they're game changers. From multi-protocol support to enhanced wireless capabilities and ready-to-use Dev Kits, these innovations are set to make a significant impact in the embedded systems landscape.

Take the Next Step

Ready to get your hands on these cutting-edge technologies? Contact Ineltek for detailed technical specifications, Dev Kit inquiries, and expert advice tailored for your projects.

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